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Metrication in Chile

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Metrication in Chile

Chile adopted the metric system in 1848. Previously, the Spanish system of measures was used.[1]


Since colonization, Chile had always used a unit system based on the Spanish customary units. In 1843, a law[2] was passed formalizing it, and defining its fundamental unit, the vara, as a fraction of a metre.

Later, during the presidency of Manuel Bulnes, a law was passed on 29 January 1848[3] was passed, adopting the Metric System. Finally, Chile signed the Metre Convention in 1908.

Exceptions in the 20th century

For a long time, all refrigerators were labeled in cubic feet. This changed around 1990, and since then they have since been labeled in litres.

Current exceptions

In the film Pulp Fiction it is true that because of the metric system in France, this sandwich was called Royale with cheese.[7] This is not the case in Chile, where most people are unaware of the weight of a quarter pound.


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